Seeing hot-air balloons flying over Bagan is one of the iconic images of Myanmar / Burma. The massive scale of the over 3000 temples on the Bagan plain mean that you can only truly witness the scale of it all from the air, and a slowly floating over is the best way of doing it.
There are currently three companies, Balloons Over Bagan, Oriental Ballooning and Golden Eagle Ballooning, offering balloon flights over the Bagan Plain. The flight season is from October until April and most flights take place at first light due to the light winds, the cooler temperature and the spectacular lighting of the temples at that time. Additional flights in the late afternoon can sometimes be made if conditions allow and some flights are also scheduled for late-June through to September although all these flights are more likely to be cancelled due to adverse weather conditions. Flight durations tend to be approximately forty-five minutes to one hour although the whole experience from being collected from your hotel until you are returned to Bagan will last about three hours. As the flight is dependent on both the wind direction and strength, the take-off and landing points as well as the flight duration can change although the highly- experienced pilots know how to achieve the best experience. To fly you must be aged eight years old or over and children must be accompanied by an adult.
Balloons Over Bagan started operations in Myanmar in 1999 and have a fleet of ten balloons which can accommodate between 8 and 16 passengers each. The baskets which hang below the balloons are divided into four compartments plus space for the pilot each compartment holding either two, three or four passengers. Now BOB is available at Inle Region.
For more Info, please visit their website www.balloonsoverbagan.com
Oriental Ballooning commenced operations in Myanmar in 2013 and have a fleet of balloons offering flights over Bagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake. All the experienced pilots, many of whom are multilingual, have UK commercial balloon licenses. The flights take place with between four and eight passengers. Now they start new destination to Ngapali Beach.
For more Info, please visit their website www.orientalballooning.com
Golden Eagle Ballooning is the most recent operation to enter the market offering flights over Bagan since 2014. They currently operate three balloons with a capacity of eight passengers per balloon. The experienced pilots are from Switzerland and Spain.
For more Info, please visit their website www.goldeneagleballooning.com
0530 – 0600: We’ll collect you from your hotel in a comfortable car or minibus
0600 – 0615: You’ll meet your pilot, and enjoy pre-flight tea, coffee and pastries. You’ll be given a safety briefing.
0615 – 0630: Watch as the balloons are prepared by the trained crew and inflated by the experienced British pilots
0630 – 0645: All aboard! Climb into the basket and prepare for take off!
0645 – 0730: Enjoy the amazing experience of floating over this amazing historical area with its temples, stupas and other beautiful sights.
0730 – 0800: Celebrate your safe return to earth with a drink of chilled sparkling wine, served with fruit. Receive your personal flight certificate, signed by your pilot
0800 – 0830: Return to your hotel in time for breakfast